First-Gen Thickness Flow Blues


The first wave of shortboards were haunted by the dramatic decrease in compared to the recently deceased longboard era. Shapers responded with the concept of the tail being the thickest part of the board.

Above are two representative examples. The "reverse foil" of the nose-to-tail profile led to some lousy hydrodynamics.

It wasn't long before thicknesses moved forward, tails thinned out, and "real" shortboards were born...

George Greenough, Velo, Maui, 1967


Memorial Day

Gordon Woods board on the beach at Vung Tau, Vietnam. 
November, 1968.  Photo Kerry Seebohm.

Stringerless Sunday


This are two a Sam Egan stringerless V's from the late '60s.

The clear one is 8' x 24.5"

The red one is 7' x 24"

For more on Sam Egan, go here. He's an interesting guy!